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When social policy goes wrong

Conservatives focus on good results. Liberals focus on good intentions. No one ever said “The road to hell is paved with good results.” Also PLEASE CLICK HERE: http://willemdax.tumblr.com/post/66879308202/liberals-focus-on-good-intentions-conservatives


When social policy experts create a new intervention to solve some social problem or make people’s lives better, there’s two possible outcomes they’re expecting: either the intervention works, or it doesn’t. But what we forget is that there’s a third option – that our well-meaning intervention actually makes people’s lives worse.

This isn’t just an idle fear. Shockingly, this seems to be true of the biggest randomised controlled trial of an intervention that has ever been conducted in the UK (and with legs in the US) – the Employment Retention and Advancement (ERA) project. 

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